The Knuckles Mountain Range forms the north-eastern part of Sri Lanka's highlands. The Sinhalese name for this massif is "Dumbara Kanduvetiya", meaning "foggy highland". Besides Horton Plains and Peak Wildernesss, Knuckles conservation forest belongs to the biosphere reserve "central highlands" declared World Heritage Site in 2010 for its unique montane moist forest. Particularly at higher elevations there are isolated remains of this cloud forests. It is home to endemic plant species and famous for its biodiversity. Knuckles Range is the best trekking area in Sri Lanka, you need two days at least to cross is from north (Riverston) to south (Meemoore), but it is recommendable for smaller hikes, too. One of the most fascinating panorama's of the island, called "Mini World's End", can be reached within half an hour from Deanston.
Sinharaja rain forest
Kanneliya small rain forest
Pinnawela elephant orphanage
Dry zone south
Yala NP camping-safari
Bundala NP bird watching
Kumana NP birds and wildlife
Okanda village life and beach
Rufus Kulam remote lake
Lahugala NP with heritage site
Gal Oya NP lakeside wildlife
Udawalawe NP wild elephants
Ussangoda serpentine rock
Dry zone north
Minneriya NP elephant gathering
Kaudulla NP elephant gathering
Habarana oxcart excursions
Nelumpure authentic village life
Mihintale ancient sanctuary
Namal Uyana ironwood sanctuary
Rasvehera monastery and wildlife
Tabbowe lake near Wilpattu NP
Horton Plains trekking hotspot
Bambarakanda 240 m waterfall
Adam's Peak pilgrim mountain
Hakgala Botanical Garden
Kitulgala white water and birds
Peradeniya Botanical Garden
Meemure village life and trekking
Knuckles Range trekking highlight
Randenigala NP alternative camp
You can find a similar linklist with images just below:
destination: Knuckles Range
The main mountain range also called Dumbara Hills runs from Lakgala to Urugala, paralleled by three lower altitude ranges.
The Knuckles National Heritage and Wilderness area is crossed by forest trails and therefore considered to be Sri Lanka’s most suitable region for trekking. There are many forest pathes, some of them with stalls or campsites for overnight stays. Trekking in the Knuckles Range is quite popular with locals, but less known among tourists though many of them look for hiking opportunities in the splendid highland scenery of Sri Lanka. However, it has earned some reputation as an eco tourism venue.
The most amazing routes are Knuckles summit trail, Pathena trail, Ash cave trail, and Nitre cave trail. Parts of the trails are footpathes of local workers in cardamom or tea plantations. The valleys in the Knuckles Range offer dense virgin forests and crystal clear streams, villages are surrounded by paddy and vegetable fields and lush tea plantations. The best starting point for trekkings is Meemure at the southern slope of the main mountain range.
Trekking is much easier when starting from the opposite, northern side of the mountain range, where weekend hikers usually gather. Starting from Riverston three mountains can be climbed and a waterfall is on the way, too. Because of its Pattanas, the specific grassland in Sri Lanka's hillcountry, Riverston is sometimes called the "Horton Plains of the northern highlands". A potato-like crop is endemic in this region. Even a frog is found only here, it is very small and grey, so it is difficult to see in this rocky area.
In the Knuckles Range area accommodation is provided by the Forest Department in Deanston, some more cottages will be added soon. In this region there are leopards, but they can rarely be spotted.
Sightseeinglanka is a tour operator based in Sri Lanka and 100% owned by Sri Lankans, specialized on organizing eco-friendly and extraordinary safari and authentic Sri Lanka village-life experiences - truly no tourism industry fake! Kapila, founder and leader of Team Sightseeinglanka, is a biologist. Please read more...
Enjoy Sri Lanka's charming cultural and natural heritage with Team Sightseeinglanka!
... but why not, later on, travel to another lovely Theravada Buddhist country? The world-famous Cambodia jungle temples are astonishing...